In the last few days, a lot has changed again with regard to the corona test regulations for trips to Fuerteventura and the journey home to the European mainland. For example, you'll need a negative corona test for the return flight to Germany up from now.
As the author of this blog, I am not bound by journalistic principles and can also incorporate my opinion into the reports from Fuerteventura. I would like to do this at this point before I go into the current test regulations in detail.
I think it's right that from now on all holidaymakers will need a negative Corona test on their outbound flight and on their return flight. From a purely logical point of view, this regulation is actually overdue for a year. Because air travel is only really safe again when all the occupants of an aircraft have been tested. It's a step back to normal.
The plane as a means of transport is therefore probably the safest at the moment - at least in direct comparison to full trains and buses in which millions of people still travel to work every day.
The result may be the right one, the motives that the German government had for compulsory testing are a kind of skipping act. Discouraging people from traveling by saying that this would also not work in their own country shows that even most German politicians still do not think European. The incidence of new infections with the coronavirus in the Canary Islands is in most places many times lower than the incidence in Germany. The question of why hotels and tourist accommodation are closed in one place and open in the other (in this case Fuerteventura) does not lead to a logical explanation but to a debate on justice.
Unfortunately, many people are still unable to work from home. It is not uncommon for these people's jobs to be paid less. Often it is also these people who maintain a large part of the infrastructure in their own country through their work.
To put it briefly, bus drivers, nurses, geriatric nurses, cashiers in the supermarket, package deliverers, and much more. deserve an honest debate about what their work is worth. Hypocritical discussions about travel justice distract from the root causes of the problems this pandemic is uncovering.
Last but not least: where is the European solidarity?
Europe's economy is much more closely interlinked than most citizens admit. But this is nothing negative - on the contrary, it shows how far the peace project Europe has grown and that it cannot be praised and protected highly enough. The only problem is that you still think within the borders of your country instead of the borders of the European Union.
Many people in Spain make a living from tourism, tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Spain, just as the car industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Germany.
Many people in Spain and the Canary Islands have lost their jobs, live on short-time work and sometimes receive so little social support that charitable projects like our doctor Karola Simoni have to collect money for food donations.
Put simply: The money from the German value chain reaches other European countries is also important for an export-oriented German economy.
But back to the current test regulations:
Which test do I need to enter Fuerteventura?
For entry to Spain and thus also to the Canary Islands you need a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours.
There are now many test laboratories that carry out these tests. There are such test laboratories at all major European airports.
There are also a number of such test sites in most German cities. For many, you have the result within 24 hours.
If you are flying to the Canary Islands within Spain, a simple antigen test is sufficient.
Which test do I need to return to the European mainland?
Before the return flight to a few european countries you'll need a negative test, too.
The regulation for Germany is: all adults and children older than 6 years also need a negative corona test that is not older than 48 hours. An antigen test is enough.
This test must meet the minimum criteria recommended by the WHO and can be written in German, English or French.
The test must include the name and passport number of the vacationer, the time and date of the test, the address of the laboratory and the manufacturer.
Many local doctors do these tests. For example our German doctor:
Dr. Karola Simoni
To travel to Fuerteventura you need a negative PCR test, which at the time of taking the sample is not older than 72 hours before departure. A rapid antigen test is sufficient for the flight home to Germany, which must not be older than 48 hours before departure.